In typical Mexican style the historic sector, in the center of the city of Morelia, was a vibrant wash of color and sound as the teams paraded through the streets to declare the eighty-fifth edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) officially open.
The twenty-eight counties present were each led through the crowds of interested local onlookers by youngsters dressed in national Mexican costumes, who were beautifully accompanied by musicians and dancers of various kinds.
The festival atmosphere was a fitting start to a week of motorcycle racing action that promises so much, with the passionate organizing team focused on making sure that it is an event to remember.
Morelia is the capital city of the state of Michoacan, a region that is World famous for its millions of Monarch butterflies, which are even depicted on the vehicle registration plates that pack this busy urbanization.
With an estimated fifty thousand people watching the proceedings, the parade came to a finale as the motorcycle riders were met at the Palacio de Gobierno by State Govenor Leonel Godoy Rangel, the City Mayor Fausto Vallejo Figueroa and Luis Otero the President of the 2010 ISDE motorcycle-racing committee.
With the initial FIM International Six Days Enduro party over, the motorcycle competitors will use today to make their final preparations ahead of six days of grueling race action.